The New York Jets are wrapping up a forgetful season in which they have a good chance of going 0-16. They’re now 0-13 after another embarrassing performance, this time a 40-3 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Struggling young quarterback Sam Darnold has been rumored as a possible trade candidate, but he would like to remain in New York.
Darnold, 23, maintained his desire to remain with the Jets while talking with reporters on Monday, acknowledging that his immediate future is out of his control:
#Jets QB Sam Darnold asked if a change of scenery could benefit him.
“I love it here … I love living here.
"I’ve always said I want to be a Jet for life, but that decision isn’t up to me.”
— Connor Hughes (@Connor_J_Hughes) December 14, 2020
Darnold has been one of the many causes of the Jets’ destructive season so far. His latest showing against the Seahawks in Week 14 didn’t help his case. He finished Sunday completing just 53.8 percent of his passes for 132 yards against a poor Seahawks defense.
The USC product hasn’t recorded one single game this season (he has played nine games) with a completion percentage of at least 70 percent. His season-high mark for passing yards is just 230. Darnold has thrown just five touchdowns to nine interceptions as part of a season full of regression.
As it stands, the Jets are heading for a reasonable chance of walking away with the No. 1 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, which could see them use the pick on Clemson star quarterback Trevor Lawrence. If that ends up being the case, Darnold’s time in New York might very well be over.
Perhaps that would be best for Darnold, who could use the fresh start with a different organization after a rough first three years in the NFL.